Australian Bush Birds
Satin Bowerbird  -  Ptilonorhynchus violaceus
Satin Bowerbird
Female Satin Bower Bird
Satin Bowerbird
Male Satin Bowerbird.
map map Male and female Satin Bowerbirds - Ptilonorhynchus violaceus - have different appearance. Adult males are glossy blue-black to satiny dark blue in direct sunlight. Adult females are olive with rufous wings and tail, pale green below, lightly scalloped brown. Prominent blue eyes. Size 27-33 cm. Juveniles have dark eye. Males look like females until 4th year with paler bill and fine, dense scalloping across the breast. Occasional blue-black feathers appear on juveniles until full adult male plumage grows after the 7th year moult.

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Lives in rain forest, wetter tall forest and forest edges.

Found along the coastal side of the great dividing range strip in New South Wales and into eastern Victoria and south-east Queensland.

A different variety (minor) with greyer colour overall, lives along the north Queensland coast around Cairns.